On November 17, 2020, Menno Home received the first positive COVID-19 test result. It was a resident. After 8 months of vigilant work to keep this virus out of our seniors campus of care, we began to see the impact of this virus. As more residents and staff became infected, it was evident that we would need to find more staff to support the increased needs and protocols – and to fill the gaps for staff who were pending results or found to be COVID-19 positive.
During the outbreak, staff is assigned to work on only one unit. A housekeeper may normally clean one unit in the morning and another in the afternoon. Now, they can’t go to the second unit, so we need extra hands on deck to carry out essential services like housekeeping, laundry and food services.
On November 28th, we asked families and close friends to apply for a temporary employee position as a Temporary Multi-Skilled Worker. This would enable the family members who deeply care to come into the building, provide assistance and safely see their loved one.
More than 50 family members have applied to do this additional supportive work. The first two Temporary Multi-Skilled Workers begin their work on December 3, 2020.
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